On July 6, 2022 at approximately 1 p.m., officers from Saskatchewan RCMP’s Roving Traffic Unit (RTU) were conducting patrols on Highway #1, west of Maple Creek. They observed an eastbound pickup truck with an obstructed license plate and stopped it.
As a result of further investigation, the vehicle was searched. Officers located and seized 954 grams of methamphetamine, 337 grams of cocaine, a small amount of cannabis and a sum of cash.
There were two occupants in the truck and they were arrested.
Vasco Kalala, 33, and Emmany Kayembe, 25, both of Calgary, are each charged with:
- two counts, possession for the purpose of trafficking, Section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- one count, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, Section 354(1)(a), Criminal Code
They will appear in Maple Creek Provincial Court on August 11, 2022.
“Investigation determined these drugs originated in Calgary and were destined for the Regina area,” says S/Sgt. Chad McLeod, a district commander with Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS). “CTSS and RTU officers conduct patrols all over Saskatchewan. They are keeping our roads safe – but they’re often helping keep our communities safe too, because they are specially-trained to watch for signs of a travelling criminal.
“This is a significant drug seizure. Meth is often sold on the street at the “point” level, which is 0.1 grams. We’ve prevented more than 9,500 points, plus a significant amount of cocaine, from entering Regina – and potentially making its way to smaller communities.”
Maple Creek RCMP assisted with this investigation.